Message from Coach Kevin - February 13th
Dear Parents and Swimmers,
We saw many fine swims this weekend and a great deal was learned.
For those swimmers for whom it was their last meet, I hope you enjoyed the competition and your season and that you are fired up to continue your career after a break. The coaches hate to say goodbye to you. Know that you will be missed and we are delighted you spent your season with us.
We scored a ton of points!
Individual first places:
Eight and unders; Teddy Howe (100 free), Lucy Iacco (6 and under 25 free and 25 back), George Howe (6 and under 25 free), Leyre Bonel-Muras (25 free), Jake Brown (25 free), Reid McCuiston (50 back and 25 fly), Caroline Daly (100 IM), Brady Swanson (100 IM and 50 free), Dominic Pescarino (25 back), Catie Samouelian (25 fly)
9/10s; Beckham Leith (50 fly), Brody McCuiston (200 IM, 100 free, 100 fly and 50 free), Noah Matoian (50 back), William Quarrier (100 IM), Claire Tomasek (50 breast), Mary Bailey (100 breast), and Tyler Bassett (100 breast)
11/12: Sully Jackson (400 IM ), Malin Murphey (200 IM and 100 breast), Lila Solomon (50 fly), Jack McCuiston (50 fly, 100 IM and 50 free), Lyla Collins (100 free and 100 IM), Allie Page (100 fly), Nolan Knudsen (100 fly), Catherine Howe (200 free and 100 back), JP Dohm (200 free), Will Schwab (50 breast)
13/14: Charlie McCuiston (400 IM), Giorgio Matarazzo (200 free), Sean Kanary (200 fly and 200 back), Turner Worth (100 back and 50 free), Kassidy Collins (200 breast), Quinn Norlander (400 IM and 200 IM), Ben Bricker ((100 fly), Charlie Michael (100 breast)
15/18: Calvin Meeker (400 IM), David-Marc Beatty (200 free and 100 free), Avery Anderson (200 fly), Angus MacDonald (100 back and 50 free), Luke Deighan (100 fly), Kelley Hassett (400 IM)
We also had several swimmers performing well at the Michigan Open at Oakland University.
As you can see we are building an incredible team. As you all know, swimming is an inconvenient sport. It takes incredible dedication on the part of athletes, coaches, parents and board members. We train at inconvenient times. We compete in all manner of pools in a broad area. It’s hard. We do what needs to be done day in and day out.
The structure of our team is what makes us successful. I love the Cluster Meet because every swimmer on our team can compete. I know it is a different meet for our twelve and unders than it is for our older swimmers, but the coaches need the feedback from our swimmers to continue to craft our training to meet our swimmers’ needs. Our high school boys are training with their school right now and it is incredibly important to see where they are right now, especially because we excuse them from the Y State Meet because it is close to their high school championships.
While swimming is also an individual sport, we are a team first and foremost. You are either on or you’re off. You can’t be important to the team only when you want to be or when it is convenient. Remember BBD trains you for five-six months (or year-round) as opposed to other programs. Please also remember your responsibility to your teammates. We are incredibly proud of what we have built and we hope you are too. Participation shows that.
EIGHT AND UNDER STATE MEET:
We are very excited for the State Meet in Traverse City. The GTBY people are working diligently to give us a great experience and we are glad another Y team has stepped up to host a championship. Our eight-and-under program is without peer and we are going to bring the season to a distinctive finish.
PLEASE REMEMBER , THERE ARE RELAYS AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF THE MEET. THE TEAM WILL GATHER AT THE END OF THE COMPETITION ON THE POOL DECK. AT THAT POINT ALL OF THE PARENTS CAN JOIN US AS WE RAFFLE OFF THE CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY. Please do not deprive your swimmers of that special moment!
Have a great week!